CM terms women empowerment essential for human development, poverty eradication

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CM Pervez Khattak

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak has said that “Women Empowerment” is an essential component of human development and a key to poverty eradication, building resilient societies, economies and promoting sustainable development.
He was addressing the inauguration ceremony of “Women Empowerment Policy” at CM House here on Wednesday. The function was also addressed by Meraj Humayun, Chairperson Women Parliamentary Caucus, Jamshed Qazi, Country Head Women Welfare Affairs UNO and other speakers who highlighted various steps of KP government for the welfare of womenfolk.
Deputy Speaker KP Assembly Dr. Mehertaj Roghani, Provincial Minister for Information Shah Farman Khan and provincial ministers, MPAs and women from different walks of life attended the ceromony. Pervez Khattak said government acknowledges the fact that advancement of women’s rights is a critical precondition for effective and sustainable development adding women empowerment is one of our primary focuses for which provincial government is committed to take affirmative action.
He said government has taken different steps and initiated various programs in education and health sector, governance, access to legal justice and increasing employment opportunities for women. Chief Minister said to facilitate women empowerment in a systematic manner, provincial government drafted “Women Empowerment Policy” for providing them a favorable environment for women enabling them to take better decisions. Pervez Khattak said that “Women Empowerment Policy” aims at improving overall status of women in KP  through their socio-economic, political and legal empowerment.
He informed that salient features of the policy  included provision of quality health care, reducing gender gap in education, creation of employment and income generation opportunities to encourage their equal participation in all political processes and to ensure elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls through legislation and its effective implementation. He said that policy is based on principles of non-discrimination, gender equality, priority to the women in  rural areas, recognition of the value of women in society, their contribution in all spheres of life, and women as equal partners in development and agents of change in economic, social and political processes.– APP

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